Boon Sappaya FAQs

Here you will find some of the frequently asked questions.

Traditional Thai Massage

1. How does Traditional Thai Massage differ from other massage styles?

Traditional Thai Massage, also known as Thai Yoga Massage, is a therapeutic technique that combines acupressure, stretching, and yoga-like movements. Unlike most Western massage styles, clients remain fully clothed during a Thai Massage session, and no oils or lotions are used. The therapist uses their hands, thumbs, elbows, and sometimes feet to apply pressure and guide the client through various stretches and postures.

2. What are the benefits of Traditional Thai Massage?

  • Improved flexibility and range of motion
  • Stress relief and relaxation
  • Relief from muscle tension and pain
  • Enhanced circulation
  • Balancing of energy flow in the body

3. Do I need to have experience with yoga to receive a Traditional Thai Massage?

No prior yoga experience is required to receive a Thai Massage. The therapist will guide you through the stretches and movements, adjusting the intensity to suit your flexibility and comfort level. It’s suitable for people of all fitness levels.

4. Is Traditional Thai Massage painful or uncomfortable?

Thai Massage should not be painful. However, some stretches and pressure points may cause mild discomfort, especially if you have tension or tightness in certain areas. Communication with your therapist is essential, and they will adjust the intensity of the stretches and pressure to ensure your comfort.

5. How long does a typical Traditional Thai Massage session last, and what should I wear?

The duration of a Thai Massage session can vary but typically lasts between 60 to 90 minutes or longer, depending on your preferences. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as yoga pants and a t-shirt, to allow for ease of movement. Traditional Thai Massage is typically performed on a padded mat on the floor, and no oils or lotions are used.

Traditional Thai Massage VS Combination Thai Massage

1. Technique and Approach:

  • Traditional Thai Massage is rooted in ancient Thai healing traditions and primarily focuses on acupressure, yoga-like stretches, and joint mobilisation. It is performed fully clothed on a padded mat on the floor and aims to balance the body’s energy flow.
  • Combination Thai Massage blends elements of Traditional Thai Massage with other massage styles like Swedish, deep tissue, or aromatherapy. It incorporates a wider range of techniques, offering a more diverse and customizable experience.

2. Clothing and Setting:

  • Traditional Thai Massage: Clients remain fully clothed during the treatment and are typically provided with loose, comfortable attire. 
  • Combination Thai Massage: Depending on the specific combination and techniques used, clients may choose between being clothed or draped with sheets, similar to traditional Western massage. It can be performed on a massage table or a mat on the floor, depending on the therapist’s training and the client’s preference.

3. Focus and Goals:

  • Traditional Thai Massage’s primary goal is to promote overall well-being by balancing energy, improving flexibility, and relieving tension in specific energy lines (Sen lines) throughout the body.
  • Combination Thai Massage can have varied goals, depending on the client’s needs and the techniques incorporated. It may aim to provide relaxation, address specific muscle issues, or offer a blend of physical and energetic benefits.

4. Duration:

  • A full Traditional Thai Massage session can last anywhere from 60 minutes to two hours or more, allowing for a comprehensive treatment.
  • The duration of Combination Thai Massage sessions can vary widely, ranging from a shorter 30-minute session to a full two-hour session, depending on the client’s preferences and goals.

5. Customisation:

  • Traditional Thai Massage follows a structured sequence of techniques, but it can be adapted to some extent to focus on specific areas or concerns. 
  • Combination Thai Massage offers greater flexibility in tailoring the massage experience. Therapists can adjust the techniques, pressure, and focus areas based on the client’s preferences and needs, incorporating a mix of traditional Thai and other massage modalities.

Head Massage

1. What is a head massage?

  • A head massage is a therapeutic technique that focuses on massaging and manipulating the scalp, neck, and upper shoulder areas. It often includes gentle pressure, circular motions, and sometimes tapping or kneading to relieve tension and promote relaxation. This massage can be performed in various settings, such as spas, salons, or as part of a full-body massage.

2. What are the benefits of a head massage?

  • Relief from headaches and migraines
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved blood circulation to the scalp
  • Promotion of hair and scalp health
  • Enhanced relaxation and mental clarity

3. Is a head massage suitable for everyone, and how long does a session typically last?

Head Massage is generally safe for most people. However, it’s essential to inform your therapist about any medical conditions or concerns you may have. Sessions typically last around 15 to 60 minutes. It’s a versatile and customisable treatment that can be adjusted to your preferences and needs.

Back, Neck, Shoulder (BNS) Massage

1. What does BNS massage entail?  

BNS massage is a therapeutic treatment focused specifically on the upper body. It typically targets the back, neck, and shoulder areas to alleviate tension, reduce discomfort, and promote relaxation. The therapist employs various techniques, such as kneading, stroking, and applying pressure, to address muscle tightness and stress in these regions.

2. What are the benefits of a BNS massage?

  • Relief from muscle tension and knots
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved posture
  • Enhanced blood circulation
  • Alleviation of headaches and neck pain

3. How long does a typical BNS massage session last?

The duration of a BNS massage session can vary but typically lasts between 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The length of the session can be adjusted to accommodate your preferences and needs.

4. Is a BNS massage suitable for everyone?

Yes, BNS massage is generally safe and suitable for most individuals. However, it’s essential to inform your massage therapist about any medical conditions, injuries, or specific concerns you may have. They can tailor the massage techniques to your unique requirements and ensure your comfort and safety.

5. How often should I schedule BNS massage sessions?

The frequency of BNS Massage sessions can vary depending on individual needs and preferences. Some people benefit from regular sessions, such as once a month, to maintain muscle health and manage stress. Others may choose to receive massages on an as-needed basis, particularly when experiencing acute pain or tension. Your therapist can provide guidance on the optimal schedule based on your goals and conditions.

Hot Stone Massage

1. How does a hot stone massage work?

A hot stone massage is a therapeutic massage technique that incorporates smooth, heated stones into the treatment. During the session, these stones are strategically placed on specific points of your body and are also used by the therapist to massage your muscles. The heat from the stones helps to relax and loosen tight muscles, promoting deeper relaxation and reducing tension.

2. What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?

Hot stone massage offers several benefits, including:

  • Relief from muscle tension and pain
  • Enhanced relaxation and stress reduction
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Release of toxins from the body
  • Increased flexibility and mobility

3. Is a hot stone massage safe for everyone, and are there any contraindications?

Hot stone massage is generally safe for most individuals. However, it may not be suitable for those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, or skin sensitivities. Pregnant individuals should also consult with their healthcare provider before receiving a hot stone massage. It’s crucial to inform your therapist about any health concerns you have so that they can adapt the treatment accordingly and ensure your safety and comfort.

Pregnancy Massage

1. Is pregnancy massage safe during all stages of pregnancy?

At Boon Sappaya, we offer massage services for customers who are at least 12 weeks pregnant. It’s essential to consult with a qualified prenatal massage therapist and your healthcare provider before scheduling a session. They can advise you on the most appropriate timing and precautions based on your individual pregnancy.

2. What are the benefits of pregnancy massage?

  • Relief from back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Reduced swelling and edema
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Better sleep quality
  • Enhanced overall relaxation and well-being

3. Are there any risks associated with pregnancy massage?

When performed by a trained and certified prenatal massage therapist, the risks are minimal. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the therapist is experienced in pregnancy massage to avoid any potential complications. Avoid abdominal massage in the first trimester, and inform your therapist about any pregnancy-related conditions or complications.

4. What should I expect during a pregnancy massage session?

During a pregnancy massage, you will typically lie on your side or use specialised pregnancy massage cushions to ensure comfort and safety. The therapist will use gentle, soothing strokes and techniques tailored to your specific needs. Communication with your therapist is key, so feel free to provide feedback on pressure, comfort, and any concerns you may have.

5. Can I receive a pregnancy massage if I have certain medical conditions or complications during my pregnancy?

It’s essential to inform your prenatal massage therapist and healthcare provider about any medical conditions, complications, or high-risk factors in your pregnancy. In some cases, pregnancy massage may not be recommended, or modifications may be necessary to ensure your safety and the well-being of your baby.

6. How often should I schedule pregnancy massage sessions?

The frequency of pregnancy massage sessions varies from person to person. Some individuals opt for monthly sessions, while others may benefit from more frequent sessions, especially if they experience significant discomfort or stress during pregnancy. Consult with your prenatal massage therapist to determine a suitable schedule for your needs.

7. Are there any specific precautions I should take before a pregnancy massage session?

Prior to your pregnancy massage, it’s advisable to:

  • Consult with your healthcare provider for approval.
  • Choose a certified prenatal massage therapist.
  • Inform the therapist of any medical conditions, complications, or concerns.
  • Arrive well-hydrated and avoid heavy meals just before your appointment.